News broke yesterday that Matt Smith, formerly The Doctor, is set to play Patrick Bateman in a musical version of American Psycho.
American Psycho is a novel written by Bret Easton Ellis and was published in 1991. The novel, with it’s graphic violence and sexual content, was controversial before and after its publication. We all know American Psycho from the film adaptation starring Christian Bale in 2000. The film received some favorable reviews and some reviews that claimed it strayed too far from the book. In 2008 it was confirmed that there was to be a musical adaptation of the novel set to appear on Broadway. It was announced at the start of this year that the musical would be coming to London.
I am one for musicals and the theater however I’m not too sure how American Psycho: The Musical would sit with me. A review of the upcoming production in the Independent stated: “Audiences may be advised to bring their raincoats as the writer of the work has promised “a lot of blood”, seeing it compete with another musical killer Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to sate theatregoers’ demand for shock and gore.” I do like Sweeney Todd and would love to see it in the West End but there is just something about this production that has me a bit uneasy.
The music for the production will accentuate the violence and the gore and will keep the audience on their toes. I have no doubt that this will be great however I am unsure what Matt Smith is going to bring to the role. He is a great stage performer and I had my doubts about him being the 11th Doctor (being a David Tennant fan) but he brought a new a quirky nature to The Doctor. Will he be able to get into a role as serious and psychotic as Patrick Bateman? General consensus in the Uproar Office is that the role of Patrick Bateman is one of Christian Bale’s finest and even though Smith will be doing a singing, dancing version of the character, the theatregoers (if they have seen the movie) will be comparing Smith’s performance to Bale’s.
American Psycho will open officially from 12 December 2013, with previews from 3 December at London’s Alemeida Theatre.